Lombardi's Pizza is on every list of top New York City pizzerias. As the first pizzeria established in NYC in 1905, Lombardi's is also on many tourists' bucket list.
A tourist trap for sure but I had to look up the New York City institution ;-D
At Lombardi's door, you will be greeted by a famous smiling Italian while you wait to enter the restaurant :-)
This is Lombardi's main dining hall. The place had a rustic charm and the walls were bedecked with old and new photos of the current owner and celebrities.
Lombardi's have many dining sections - this long and narrow one was outside the kitchen. There was another dining room, at the back, through the kitchen :-D
Dining under the gaze of a Roman goddess in her flowing toga and serenaded by Frank Sinatra.
As soon as Lombardi's opened for the day, the kitchen sprung into frenzied action to feed the curiosity of hordes of tourists.
The chefs still use that vintage coal fired brick oven.
My freshly baked small six slice Margarita pie with additional roasted red pepper topping. Nearly USD30 after tax and tips.
The melted cheese and crushed tomatoes with sprinkle of shredded basil was on a thin crust with hard, browned rim with some charred edges.
The thin crust was like dense bread with charred edges and dry chewy yeasty insides. I like Lombardi's crust.
Eating pizza the New Yorker way - fold the thin slice together. Lots of melty mozzarella cheese which was stringy and chewy, nearly like a mild, rich savoury chewing gum.
In addition to juicy fresh tomatoes, my pie had roasted red peppers added on. It was loaded with savoury sweet juices. Yum! Yum!!
Some people may call this soggy but I enjoyed the juicy tomato and red pepper mash on top of the thin, crisp, chewy bread with gummy melted mozzarella cheese.
You can easily get an equally good coal baked pizza at a lower price elsewhere in New York City, but then, this is Lombardi's - USA's very first pizzeria.
Restaurant name: Lombardi's Pizza
Address: 32 Spring St, NYC, New York, USA (at the junction with Mott Street)
Hours: 11:00 am to 12:00 midnight
Tel: (212) 941-7994
Date visited: 5 Dec 2014
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